Book review: La Bella Lingua

7 Jun

I’m embarrassed to admit that I only finished this book, which I won in November, last night.  Honestly, I wish I’d finished it sooner, as it’s easily one of the best books about the Italian language that I’ve ever read.  It’s full of great, interesting facts about the language and it’s development.  It talks about the way the language affects and expresses the nature of the Italian people.  It shows Dianne Hales’ clear love of the language, and it taught me some fun new words as well.

Reading La Bella Lingua has me even more motivated to keep learning Italian.  I loved the easy, relatable writing style and the great stories of the language and the author’s own adventures with it.  This is a fantastic book and it would make a great gift for anyone learning Italian, going to/coming from Italy, or just for someone you know who loves Italy and all things Italian (like me!)

Thanks again to Dianne for the awesome giveaway last fall.  I hope she’ll be writing more soon!


More from me:

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4 Responses to “Book review: La Bella Lingua”

  1. Jessica June 9, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    I really want to read the book too-it sounds good. How does it compare to her blog? Is it the same kind of thing?

    • Skinny Sushi June 9, 2010 at 5:41 am #

      It’s similar to the blog, but not quite the same thing. It’s more about how she explored the language, more personal anecdotes. I love the book.

      • Jessica June 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

        Oh I will have to check it out for sure now!


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